Melanie's Musings
June 28, 2012

Audiobook Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan



Halfway through the audio for Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, I was so frustrated with it, I stopped listening and didn’t try again for over a month.   Why?  Well,  Glow is split between following Waverly’s actions, then Kieran’s, and tends to switch at the most tense moments, making the book full of mini-cliffhangers. The first time, even the second, feels exciting and gripping. Those feelings quickly vanish, and instead I found myself irritated. Once a fascinating part was reached, it wasn’t long before the audiobook narrators switched.

Glow did have some interesting aspects, the most was its inclusion of religion, something not found often in YA. It made sense, since in times of crisis people seem more inclined to believe in a higher power. In Glow, this belief causes both good and terrible things.

Unfortunately, neither of the two main characters is particularly engrossing. Although Waverly and Kieran are heroic multiple times, they lack a certain depth and maturity. While I usually wish less books were written in first person, I think I would have liked Waverly and Kieran more if I understood their emotions better, rather than having to infer from their actions.

As for the audiobook narration, I was very pleased with it. The male narrator, Matthew Brown, particularly impressed me. I could hear the nasal intonation of Arthur and the deep timbre of Seth.

The premise of Glow, traveling to a new land because of Earth’s growing problems is fascinating, and the idea of humans who’ve never seen Earth is odd and intriguing. However, it simply wasn’t a book I enjoyed.

For more positive reviews of this novel, visit the following blogs:

YA Book of the Day
Miss Remmer’s Reviews

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)


Posted by Melanie at 4:45 am – Comments (4)

Add A Comment




Comments

  • June 28th 2012

    It doesn’t sound like this would have worked any better in print for you. Sorry it wasn’t great.

    [Reply]

  • June 28th 2012

    Thanks for your honest review. Sounds like one I should try. I’ve tried a full cast audio but nothing that switches between two only.

    [Reply]

  • June 30th 2012

    Oh! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one! I can definitely see where you’re coming from though. The minicliffhangers were effective for me as reason to keep listening but still frustrating. I also agree about Kieran and Waverly – annoyed. But I still enjoyed it! Try reading Spark (the sequel) – hopefully by reading rather than listening the story will move faster?

    [Reply]

  • June 30th 2012

    So … I’m pretty sure I properly capitalized my comment but when it posted it looked like a hot mess. This is a test comment to see if it was me or the comment system. Please ignore. 🙂

    [Reply]